Beyond health care: The role of social determinants in promoting health and health equity

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Efforts to improve health in the U.S. have traditionally looked to the health care system as the key driver of health and health outcomes. However, there has been increased recognition that improving health and achieving health equity will require broader approaches that address social, economic, and environmental factors that influence health. This brief provides an overview of these social determinants of health and discusses emerging initiatives to address them.

Artiga S, Hinton E. Beyond Health Care: The Role of Social Determinants in Promoting Health and Health Equity. San Francisco, CA: The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation; May 2018. Available online.

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